Pablo Sanz

Saturday 7 November, 2020
Nouvel Building, Auditorium 400 
65 people 


Punctuality is required given that entry will not be allowed once the concert is under way. Doors open thirty minutes before each session


1pm, 5pm and 8pm


José Luis Espejo

Organized by:

Museo Reina Sofía

Force line:

Contemporary Disturbances and Avantgardes


Estrella Damm

Production support:

The Mamirauá Institute for Sustainable Development. Tefé, Amazonas, Brazil

Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), Queen’s University Belfast

Santander Mobility Award

Laboratório de Acústica e Artes Sonoras (LASom), Instituto de Artes da Unicamp, São Paulo

T-37 (Madrid)

Sound and Music, London, United Kingdom

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Related links:

Pablo Sanz. strange strangers, 2019. R{A}DIO{CUSTICA}, Czech Radio (ČRo 3 Vltava)
Timothy Morton. “Magic Birth” in Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality. Open Humanities Press, 2013 
Timothy Morton, “Earworms”, in Soundscape Journal #15: Sounds Emergent Diverse Ecologies, World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE), 2017. 

Additional material:

Exhibition information sheet entangled. Pablo Sanz

 entangled, Pablo Sanz. Detail of a microphone built by the artist. Central Amazon, 2015
entangled, Pablo Sanz. Detail of a microphone built by the artist. Central Amazon, 2015

In August and September of 2015, Pablo Sanz carried out fieldwork in the Amanã and Mamirauá reserves of Brazil’s Central Amazonia. Working in collaboration with local inhabitants, he made several hundred hours of audio recordings in different terra firme and flooded forest areas, focusing on everyday nonhuman activity. Those environmental sound recordings are featured in entangled, a project experienced as a series of ambisonic multichannel installations and shared listening events.

At the Museo Reina Sofía, the project is presented as a concert for an immersive spatial audio system of sixteen speakers, specially configured for the occasion. The listener-participants will find themselves in almost total darkness, invited to engage in a profound, active and sustained listening experience.

entangled is an innovative exploration of phonography (field recording) and environmental composition as a creative practice. It reconsiders established experimental music concepts such as “soundscape” and “sound object” through the lens of contemporary ecological thought. Some of these ideas are elaborated in the accompanying text on the Museo Reina Sofía website.

Pablo Sanz is an artist, composer and researcher. His body of work includes site-specific and public art projects, immersive installations, multichannel live performances, exhibitions, releases, and pieces for broadcast and headphone listening. His practice is an open-ended investigation of listening, space-time, materiality, nonhuman vitality and otherness, with a focus on the limits and thresholds of perception and attention. His works propose listening as a political act, intended to resist dominant tendencies in contemporary societies, cultivating alternative forms of being and thinking.

He holds a PhD in Experimental Electroacoustic Music Composition and Sonic Arts by the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) at Queen’s University Belfast and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts of The Hague, specialising in ArtScience and Sonology. He is a co-founding member of the Mediateletipos.net platform and was artistic director of the 11th Festival Sensxperiment: Sensory Immersion (2009-2011), held in Córdoba (Spain). His work has been experienced internationally in diverse contexts.

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